Posted on: September 9, 2014
Even though it has been a quiet hurricane season, it is still extremely important to make sure your home is properly protected in the event of a storm. Garage doors play a critical role in protecting your home, especially if you live in a hurricane-prone region. If you do not have a tested, wind-rated door, high winds can force it out of the opening, causing an uncontrolled buildup of internal pressure and ultimately a blowout of your home’s roof and supporting walls.
The adoption of the International Building Code (IBC) means wind load is no longer an issue exclusive to Florida and other hurricane hot spots.
States like Kansas, Missouri, Utah, Nevada and California also have wind load reinforcement requirements for garage doors because of wind speeds related to the terrain and weather in those regions.
Here in South Florida, hurricane rating is extremely important. You can see on the following diagram the wind-borne debris regions. We are right in the middle of it!